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    Friday, April 07, 2006
    Camden Here I Come!!!!

    That’s right, in just a few short hours I will be hopping on a bus to head down to DC. Tonight, Jarid, The Welshman and I will be staying with our friend Mat in DC before heading to the Sox game at Camden Yards tomorrow (It’s a really good thing that the Twin isn’t the jealous type seeing as how I am about to spend a weekend away with three guys). I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am. The first weekend of the season and I’m already going to games. God I’m a lucky girl!

    With the rotation the way it is, we’ll see Schilling on Saturday and Wakefield on Sunday, weather permitting. It’s looking like rain on Saturday, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. If it turns out to be a double header on Sunday I won’t be getting back into NYC until about two in the morning – if that.

    Some notes on the games thus far:
    * Schilling and Beckett looked great, a very encouraging start for them both.
    * The Wakefield shelling doesn’t bother me – yet. And I don’t blame Bard for the pass balls either. I think once the two of them get comfortable with each other they’ll be fine. In a way it’s almost encouraging that Bard was having a hard time blocking the ball, if he was catching them easily it would have meant that the knuckleball wasn’t moving. At the same time, that meatball Wake served up that got crushed into the stands more than likely happened because Wakes was unsure Bard could handle him. I have all the faith in the world that these guys will get it together.
    * Coco Crisp is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Watching him steal second was just flat out fun, not to mention some of the catches he’s made out in center. And that grin of his – he just looks like he’s having fun out there. He’s going to be a LOT of fun to watch this season.

    Ok, that’s where I am going to end it, though there is clearly WAY more to cover. But with a short day here at the office, and a full day’s work to do, I better get down to it. Stories and pictures from the weekend to come on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone – and GO SOX!

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    posted by FINY @ Friday, April 07, 2006   9 comments
    Monday, April 03, 2006
    Opening Day
    It is days like today that I wish I didn’t live in New York City. I love it here, don’t get me wrong, but one day every early April, I long to be back in Boston. Because today is opening day of the Red Sox season; a holiday of sorts. Today everyone’s batting average is .000, the entire pitching staff has a combined ERA of exactly zero, and no one has committed an error. It’s a clean slate.

    The Sox start their season this afternoon fielding a team I know little about. Over the course of the coming months these men I have never known will work their way into my heart, by the fall they will feel like family. I will leave the deconstruction to the sports writers. I will shy away from predictions. Today isn’t about all that for me.

    Today is about the simple things. The smells of the ballpark: the fresh cut grass, the tamped down dirt, the roasted peanuts, hot dogs, and beer. The sounds of the game: the thwack of the pitch hitting the catchers mitt, the first notes of the Star Spangled Banner ringing through the seats, the bat hitting the ball, and the absence of air as the crowd collectively holds it’s breath with every long fly ball.

    Steroid rumors be damned. This is still a simple game. It’s eighteen guys, a small white ball, and a thin wooden bat. I don’t care how clichéd and over-done this sentiment is, because I honestly turn into a five year old on days like today. Which is why I miss Boston so much. Because it’s a city consumed by days like this. Today Bostonians will hang on every pitch, regardless of the fact that whether the Sox win or lose today means little. It’s still anyone’s season right now. It’s a clean slate. A new beginning. A insert-your-favorite-opening-day-cliché here.

    This is going to be a great ride. Pass the peanuts, please.

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    posted by FINY @ Monday, April 03, 2006   7 comments
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